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Reading

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I am delighted to be elected as public governor for Reading. I have, like so many in Reading, been a patient, fortunately not too often, but I am very aware how important a well-run and caring hospital is for the town and beyond.

I have a strong interest in health and wellbeing and intend to take part in ward visits and seek patients’ experiences as well as attend governor meetings. I will continue as far as I can to represent the concerns of our community and to make sure the town and the hospital work together as good neighbours.

I’ve been a Public Governor for Reading for 1-1/2 years now and have felt honoured to be elected and to be able to ‘give back’ to the community in this way. Being even a small part of the Berkshire Healthcare system is a most rewarding experience.

My background is in Telecommunications and Electronics. I have over 40 years experience in management, engineering and technical training positions. My working experience has included much overseas travel worldwide. This has led to a deep understanding of people, local environments and practices. This has enabled me to appreciate differing points of view and to build effective liaisons

I’m a member of the Institute of Engineering & Technology (MIET) and enjoy sailing, amateur astronomy, swimming & walking. I have two grown up children who were both proudly born at the RBH, and two grandchildren. I am married to a Bavarian lady and we have lived happily in Reading for over 38 years.

I am keen to hear from anyone in the Reading area if they feel the need to feedback about their experiences with the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust.

I am keen to continue the work I did as a Governor at the Trust from 2016 till 2019. It was at a crucial time as I headed the Governor Strategy Committee and provided input to the developing new Trust strategy, Vision 2025. I am in my third term as a Governor now.

My experience and involvement in areas including governance, advocacy, charity and ability to communicate complex ideas is a valuable contribution to the Trust's implementation of its vision and especially in a time of crisis.

In my role as a Public Governor at the Royal Berkshire Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (where it has concerns about care in areas like dementia, cancer, maternity, A&E and maintaining adequate staffing levels), I hold the Non-Executive Directors accountable by providing scrutiny in these and areas including clinical services while communicating stakeholder, especially public stakeholder concerns.

My participation in Patient Safety and Patient Experience Walkabouts at the RBH Hospital Trust has helped me gain in-depth knowledge and experience about hospital processes, procedures and concerns. Speaking to patients in wards has also helped me gauge what patient needs are paramount. I am also a member of the Patient Participation group at my GP surgery and South Reading Patient Voice group representing the concerns of the community.

I was a Chair with a charity for those in need; Sadaka, until spring 2021. Sadaka is run by purely voluntary trustees and volunteers like myself that believe in providing a loving and helping hand through freshly cooked hot meals, warm smiles and a listening ear. Other than Board level governance responsibilities, I got 'stuck in', leading sessions. I also liaised with local organisations and businesses to garner support for Sadaka, including for training and fundraising. This charity is particularly close to my heart, because of its open and non-judgmental ethos. I am able to represent the healthcare needs of those most vulnerable in our community through this and was a Safeguarding Champion at the Trust.

I am honoured to have been elected as a public governor for Reading at this critical time for the NHS and Reading residents. I am totally committed to supporting the NHS and seeing a redeveloped Royal Berkshire Hospital meet the needs of the local community. I will use my skill set to promote customer engagement and an inclusive structured approach to the development challenges. I will take an interest in the interactions between primary and social care and the Trust to promote wellbeing in the community. I have lived for most of my adult life in and around Reading and for the last twenty years in central Reading (Katesgrove). I will encourage RBH to operate as a good neighbour.

Wokingham

Back in 2005, I was incensed when routine Saturday GP services disappeared. I wrote many letters of complaint at the time with little effect. As a result of that unsatisfactory episode, I became involved in patient representation initially through Patient and Public Forums and then through LINk groups in Wokingham and West Berkshire. I joined our local PPG and the Wokingham Area PPG forum which I now chair. In 2009, I joined the RBH as a patient partner volunteer and since 2014 I have been an elected public governor for Wokingham Borough.

My career commenced at Windscale in Cumbria as a student apprentice with the UK Atomic Energy Authority. I gained an engineering degree prior to transforming into a Chartered Accountant with one of the major UK firms.

I went on to work in IT at a major construction company before moving into the Food Industry. Since retiring, I have had some investor level involvement in various start-up companies.
Prior to Covid, my wife and I travelled widely across every continent bar Antarctica but my first choice destination remains the Lake District where I was taken youth hostelling on a school trip at the age of 11!

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I was very honoured to be elected as a governor for Wokingham.
I'm committed to supporting the NHS and want to see a redeveloped Royal Berkshire Hospital that will meet the needs of all our local communities. Our Royal Berks employees are dedicated professionals who do a wonderful job for us. They particularly need our support during these difficult Covid 19 times.

I have recently retired from a 40-year career in the toy Industry in manufacturing and importing. I was a company director for 30 years including 26 years as a Managing Director. I am a Wokingham Borough, and an Earley Town councillor.

I've lived in the Reading/Wokingham area for nearly 50 years and was a pupil at the Bulmershe school in Woodley.

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East Berkshire and Borders

I have been living in Bracknell for nearly thirty years. I settled here in 1988 because I had returned to the UK after living and working in Ontario, Canada for fourteen years, and I was about to start a new job as a senior environmental scientist for the Water Research Centre. In 1997 I decided to leave environmental consultancy and gradually moved into Adult Social Care. I worked for Bracknell Forest Council for thirteen years and undertook assessments of clients, providing them with occupational therapy and social support.

I have been a member of RBH NHS Foundation Trust since before the facility at Brant’s Bridge became available and I have attended Trust meetings and lectures over the years. Now that I have retired, I am very keen to participate more in the work of the Trust and to work for the benefit of the local community.

I have worked in a professional capacity for forty years and supported elderly parents and parents-in-law through their last years of life. I will do my best to make a useful contribution to both the Trust and the community which it serves.

Ross currently works as Head of UK Corporate Affairs for a life sciences company. Prior to this he held the role of Market Access & External Affairs Director at Belgian Biopharma UCB, where his primary focus was ensuring patient access to the company’s medicines portfolio and working with government to enable an optimal operating environment for the hundreds of scientists working in the organisation’s UK medicines discovery laboratories.

Ross has also worked at Abbott Labs and AbbVie, latterly holding the role of Head of Health Policy whilst also serving as a Trustee Director on the company Pension Fund. He has previously served as a Governor of the Royal Berkshire Foundation Trust and as a Non-Executive Director of NHS Chiltern and Aylesbury Vale CCGs. He holds a Masters Degree in Pharmacy and an MBA from Imperial College London.

Outside of work Ross lives with his wife and two young sons and aside from family time he enjoys most sports, especially football, cricket and golf. He is an avid and long-suffering Newcastle United supporter.

West Berkshire and Borders

I am a resident of Mortimer and previously lived in Wargrave. I have worked in health care industries until retirement and continue to be involved via membership of my local surgery patient group and the West Berkshire Patient Panel. I also remain involved with the diagnostics industry and organisations for clinical laboratory science.

Public Governor, West Berkshire & Borders

Martyn was a dual qualified nurse having trained in Berkshire and worked for the NHS both in Reading, at the Royal Berkshire Hospital, and later in Bristol specialising in Intensive Care and trauma. 

As well as his work as Governor he is also active with many Cancer initiatives. Martyn is committed to safe, quality driven care available for all at the point of need and doing whatever he can to keep the NHS working for communities and enjoys remaining involved with his local Foundation Trust supporting their amazing work in his role as a Governor

Martyn works with Samaritans and enjoys spending time with his family and playing music.

South Oxfordshire and Borders

After moving to South Oxfordshire in 2008 it was necessary for me to attend the Royal Berks for treatment. During that time I joined the RBH Patient Panel. After a year or so I joined the Diabetes Governance Committee as the Patient Representative which I have now served on for some ten years. I have also been one of the speakers at RBH Health Care Assistant’s induction courses and to junior nurses during their specialist ‘diabetes days’.

Locally, in South Oxfordshire, I have been a Councillor for some 5/6 years. I am also a member of the local surgery’s patient panel.

My professional background is that of a Consulting Civil/Structural engineer having been joint Senior Partner of a consultancy practice and during that time I was involved in the design and construction of various health projects including general hospitals.

Partner Governors

Jennie Ford represents the Federation of Berkshire East CCGs including Bracknell & Ascot, Windsor Ascot & Maidenhead and Slough. She Is Practice Manager on the board of Bracknell & Ascot CCG, Chair of the Performance Review Group and in her day job, Practice Manager at Sandhurst Group Practice.

Her interest is very much around the treatment of patients and the smooth transition with secondary care as needed. The joint working of primary & secondary care services together for the good of all the patients is a must for the future of the NHS.

Wendy began her career as a nurse over 30 years ago and has worked in London and acute hospitals across Berkshire and Surrey. She was a senior lecturer for Critical Care Nursing with Thames Valley University mainly teaching registered nurses in Intensive Care, Coronary Care and Accident and Emergency in order for them to gain additional qualifications but also had some teaching responsibility for student nurses.

Wendy has been a non-executive director firstly with Wokingham PCT and latterly with NHS Berkshire serving both East and West Berkshire. She has particular interests in Quality and Patient and Public Involvement and sees these taking an ever developing and crucial role in the CCGs across BOB geography (Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire West).

Wendy is looking forward to working with colleagues in Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire to ensure that best practice around patient involvement, engagement and quality is shared across the BOB ICS to ensure the continued integration and development of this important aspect of the future of our NHS.

I am the Deputy Leader of West Berkshire Council, the Executive Member for Health and Wellbeing, and I chair the West Berkshire Health and Wellbeing Board. I am also a Governor at the Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and keen to promote the connection between local authorities and the NHS to benefit patients and our community.

I am the partner governor for the Alliance for cohesion and racial equality (Acre) that was established in 2012, following the merger of Reading Council for Racial Equality (RCRE) and the Sakoma (Togetherness) BME Forum. The core function of Acre is to promote ‘Equality & Community Cohesion’ in Reading and is the lead organisation for delivering the Local Authority’s Narrowing the Gap ll Strategy: 2.3 Support for Marginalised Communities. I joined RCRE in 1999 as Immigration Caseworker before being promoted to Deputy Director and Casework Supervisor prior to managing Acre.

Acre and partners have a ‘Community Champions’ group to promote ‘Health and Wellbeing’ in particular Mental Health, Cancer/Prostrate Cancer, Suicide prevention/awareness, Diabetes and the impact of Female Genital Mutilation in minority/marginalised communities. Rose Centre (Reading) also support survivors, and promote education around the practice of FGM. More recently I have been the lead in relation to the setting up a multi-ethnic/cultural Men’s group called “We, Men” which explores men’s role in society, issues affecting men, and provides Peer-peer support.

I am married to Zainab, have two children Namina and James, and a grandson Mason-James.

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Carol received her DPhil from the University of York in 1999 and is also an alumnus of Royal Holloway, University of London. She was appointed as Assistant Professor at University of Reading in January 2007 and promoted to Professor in 2017. Carol is presently Professor of Crop Quality for Health in the Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences at the University of Reading and Research Dean for Agriculture Food and Health. Carol is on the Agriculture Food and Veterinary Science Unit of Assessment panel for REF2021 and is on the editorial boards of Annual Plant Reviews Online and the Journal of Molecular Horticulture. She co-Directs the BBSRC Horticulture Quality and Food Loss Network and the AgriFood Training Partnership. She also leads FoodSEqual, one of four projects funded as part of a £24 million investment by government into transforming the UK food system, which aims to co-produce healthy, sustainable food systems for disadvantaged communities.

Carol leads a research group that takes a food-system wide approach to improving the quality of fresh produce and ensuring that everyone has access to it. Quality includes the nutritional value, appearance, flavour and shelf life, and the group enables better quality fresh produce to be offered to consumers through quantifying and manipulating the impact that the growing environment, postharvest handling and supply chain management has on crop quality parameters. Her group’s technical expertise is in linking high-throughput and high-resolution metabolomics data with genetic, molecular and organoleptic profiling in both crops and humans in order to discover regulatory mechanisms associated with flavour and nutritional traits. The diversity of projects in the group all contribute to solving the overarching problem: vegetables and fruit are not consumed in sufficient quantities by consumers to support a healthy diet. This may be for a variety of reasons connected to consumer preference, availability or affordability. In addition, fresh produce that is consumed is often provided through supply chains which have poor sustainability credentials. Only by taking a holistic approach to these problems can we really support consumers from diverse socio-economic backgrounds to be able to choose to eat a sustainable, healthy diet.

When not supporting academic research Carol can most likely be found training and competing her dressage horses, or nurturing her garden and discovering just how difficult it is to try to grow your own food.

I am delighted to learn that Wokingham Borough Council has nominated me to the Partner Governor of the Trust.

I am married to Surinder and have 4 grown up children. We have lived in Wokingham since 1990, previously living in Yorkshire.
I am currently Executive Member for Environment and Leisure Services, Wokingham Borough Council. I was re-elected as Borough Councillor for Shinfield North for the third time back in Ma 2019. During the 2015/2016 I was the Borough Mayor for Wokingham. During the past 10 years, I have held several Executive roles within Wokingham Borough Council.

I have also served 42 years within the UK Electricity Supply Industry as an Electrical Engineer, serving the last 12 years as a Senior Manager with National Grid Company. I retired in 2013 from National Grid. During my time with National Grid I represented the company in Europe on many projects that concluded in contributing to controlling the UK Power System and liaising with France, Germany, Netherlands and Northern Ireland. My last Project was ensuring that the whole of European and the UK Power Systems were capable of returning to normal operation after a total or part failure of the European Power Systems. It was a very interesting and rewarding career that spanned 42 years.

I am also a Trustee with the Reading Football Club Community Trust that provides sporting facilities for the disadvantaged children from Reading, Wokingham and Bracknell.

Lately I have become a Director of the Wokingham Waterside Centre Ltd.

So I have extensive experience of Managing teams of Engineers and Managing Large Integrated Power Systems. My last 10 years with Wokingham Borough Council have equipped me with dealing with the needs of the Borough residents. All this experience will serve me well in being a Governor of RBH Trust.

Staff Governor

I’ve been working for the NHS for 24 years and have been at the Royal Berkshire Hospital for 19 years in the Medical Physics and Clinical Engineering department mainly working in radiation protection and diagnostic radiology physics. My family and I owe a lot to the hospital, with one baby born at RBH and one life saved; and this list could continue!

Before working in the NHS I did medical physics based research at the University of St Andrews where I gained a PhD. That experience helps me with our trainee clinical scientists (a shortage profession) and should be useful as our links with the University of Reading strengthen. Its in the nature of my work to travel across the hospital sites of RBFT and across the many departments within RBH and I have many opportunities to speak with other staff memebers.

I’m fortunate enough to be in my second term as Governor, this being year 4, and I am enjoying the opportunity of helping shape its future by being part of a team that keeps the leadership to account. With the Trust being on the point of going through significant transformation its more important than ever to make sure its leadership continues to maintain the high standards it operates at.

Staff governor for Nursing/Midwifery

I have been qualified as a nurse for just over two years, after retraining following the treatment of my wife for cancer at the RBH. This experience inspired me to become a nurse and I am now a Senior Staff Nurse at the trust. I have a real interest in the healthcare sector and how we can improve practice, patient safety/care as well as staffing levels to name a few areas. As the staff governor for nursing and midwifery I want to voice the concerns, experiences and achievements across the trust so that we are able to remain an outstanding trust.

Pam Lynch

I was born in Hammersmith and moved to Reading in 1964. Due to my mother re-locating to work as a nurse at the Royal Berkshire Hospital. My mother ended up working over 30 at the hospital. I have fond memories visiting with her as a child and teenager. To see friends and staff members during the festive season.

I live locally and can see the hospital from my home. I am a dedicated and compassionate Trust Volunteer with experience of and access to a large, diverse cross-section of the community I hope to represent. Combined with my vast patient experience and my excellent interpersonal skills, I believe this puts me in a unique position to be able to make a difference in the role of Volunteer Trust Governor.
I have been a Volunteer Patient Leader at the Trust for two years, involved in initiatives across the entire patient pathway in addition to those ensuring ongoing development of excellent staff. Involvement in Senior Staff recruitment andward accreditation processes, these projects have included improving patient flow, winter resilience, and developing the integrated discharge pathway across all Trust locations.

My experience as both a long stay and ongoing outpatient following a serious road accident, has broadened my knowledge and understanding of the demands and pressures faced across departments and multi-disciplinary teams within a modern hospital. I am privileged to have insight into the diverse and complex needs of different generations, cultures and abilities.

As Volunteer Governor I am passionate about championing initiatives to promote and collaboration amongst our hundreds of volunteers. I believe that properly harnessing this dedicated group of individuals, has the potential to smooth the patient experience during their medical journey. I have a positive and energetic attitude towards change as the hospital trust inevitably transforms to meet the future demands of the population.

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